He gave him no inheritance here,(A) not even enough ground to set his foot on. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land,(B) even though at that time Abraham had no child.

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The whole land of Canaan,(A) where you now reside as a foreigner,(B) I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you;(C) and I will be their God.(D)

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18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram(A) and said, “To your descendants I give this land,(B) from the Wadi[a] of Egypt(C) to the great river, the Euphrates(D)

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  1. Genesis 15:18 Or river

15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring[a] forever.(A)

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  1. Genesis 13:15 Or seed; also in verse 16

Stay in this land for a while,(A) and I will be with you(B) and will bless you.(C) For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands(D) and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham.(E)

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13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;(A) they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance,(B) admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.(C) 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.(D) 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.(E) Therefore God is not ashamed(F) to be called their God,(G) for he has prepared a city(H) for them.

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By faith he made his home in the promised land(A) like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents,(B) as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.(C) 10 For he was looking forward to the city(D) with foundations,(E) whose architect and builder is God.(F)

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He remembers his covenant(A) forever,
    the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
the covenant he made with Abraham,(B)
    the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it(C) to Jacob as a decree,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant:(D)
11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan(E)
    as the portion you will inherit.”(F)

12 When they were but few in number,(G)
    few indeed, and strangers in it,(H)

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You found his heart faithful to you, and you made a covenant with him to give to his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites and Girgashites.(A) You have kept your promise(B) because you are righteous.(C)

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Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath(A) to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob(B) when I said, ‘I will give it(C) to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross(D) over into it.”

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and so that you may live long(A) in the land the Lord swore(B) to your ancestors to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.(C)

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11 “Go,” the Lord said to me, “and lead the people on their way, so that they may enter and possess the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”

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It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity(A) that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness(B) of these nations,(C) the Lord your God will drive them out(D) before you, to accomplish what he swore(E) to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.(F)

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10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build,(A) 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig,(B) and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied,(C)

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Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own.(A)

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I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God.(A) Then you will know(B) that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land(C) I swore(D) with uplifted hand(E) to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.(F) I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord.’”(G)

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13 There above it[a] stood the Lord,(A) and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac.(B) I will give you and your descendants the land(C) on which you are lying.(D) 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you(E) will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south.(F) All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.[b](G) 15 I am with you(H) and will watch over you(I) wherever you go,(J) and I will bring you back to this land.(K) I will not leave you(L) until I have done what I have promised you.(M)(N)

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  1. Genesis 28:13 Or There beside him
  2. Genesis 28:14 Or will use your name and the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)

“I am a foreigner and stranger(A) among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.(B)

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16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her.(A) I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations;(B) kings of peoples will come from her.”

17 Abraham fell facedown;(C) he laughed(D) and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old?(E) Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”(F) 18 And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael(G) might live under your blessing!”(H)

19 Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son,(I) and you will call him Isaac.[a](J) I will establish my covenant with him(K) as an everlasting covenant(L) for his descendants after him.

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  1. Genesis 17:19 Isaac means he laughs.